Mccloud January 2009

Name: Adrienne McCloud
Post: Kolokonde
Date Submitted: January 5, 2009
Contact Information: Text message to 97040786
Pick up Location: Parakou
Project Description: This project is part of a SPA, Latrines for Child Survival. My work partner and I initially selected 50 compounds that were lacking latrines, each containing a minimum of four children under 5 years of age that had or were suffering from diarrhea, and with families that were willing to participate in a series of training sessions on hygiene, latrine building, and latrine maintenance. Each family will be responsible for building their own latrine (digging the hole, providing the surrounding shelter, etc.) and I will provide technical knowledge and SPA funds to purchase necessary materials to build the cement latrine covers. The goal of the project is to teach families how to construct cost efficient and ecologically safe latrines and to teach them about proper hygiene, and the project will provide 38 homes in my village with latrines.

The funds requested are for the building of latrines. Originally, I wrote the SPA for one particular type of wire needed for latrine cover molds. Recently someone informed me that the type I had specified in my SPA proposal would not work. Unfortunately, the new type of wire cost more. The funds requested are to purchase this new type of wire.

Dates of Project: December – February
Number of People Involved: 1 volunteer, 1 male work partner, 38 families (each with 38 women, 38 men, and around 150 children)

Item Number Cost
Reinforced Wire 38 x 2,300 each 87,400 CFA
Total 87,400 CFA

Amount Requested: 50.000 CFA


GAD Coordinator Comments: I think the latrine project sounds like a great initiative. I know we have funded projects designed to supplement SPA budgets before, and though it is slightly irregular to fund a budget overrun I don’t see any reason why we should not. Recommend funding.

GAD Finance Comments: Good description of project, and there has obviously been a lot of thought and work into this if it has recieved some SPA funding. I would only want to clarify that there is a big component of how to keep up latrines to be included in this project. I have just heard too many latrine projects that get left in the dust after a few years because community members do not know the upkeep. However, it looks like she has included this, so I would recommend funding.

GAD Specialist Comments: Agree.

Update from the GAD Coordinator: I received the following information from Adrienne about her sustainability plan, and approved funding for the project.

Project Continuation:
This project is designed to give people the knowledge and confidence to continue to build latrines that are low cost and effective. Those that will have been trained will serve as leaders in the community on hygiene and how to build latrines.

Monitoring and Evaluation:
The PCV, the health agent, and the PADER agent will monitor this project.

The Health agent and PCV will conduct an overall pre-test and post-test on hygiene for the 50 families involved. There will be another pre-test and post-test given to the heads of the 50 families that attend the workshops on the above mentioned topics at each session. The Health agent will do home visits with the families to monitor and reinforce health topics for members not attending the sessions.

Hundred percent comprehension by the families about what goes into a latrines i.e. fecal matter and who can use it i.e. everyone. Families will be able to demonstrate how to use the latrine and how to maintain properly the latrine.

The PADER agent and PCV will oversee the construction of the latrines. There will be a pre and posttest on how to build latrines. At the completion of the project, each family would have built a concession demonstrating the knowledge gained. The PADER agent will be present to check the site and hole for the latrine, for the construction of the foundation, and the placing of the foundation.

Closing Report

Brief Project Description: The project consisted of teaching villages about disease transmission and prevention culminating in the building of low cost latrines. Houses were randomly selected from the 5 communities in Kolokonde. The landlord was responsible for digging the hole, collecting the dirt, gravel, water, and the actual fabrication of the platform.

Number of People Involved and Age Range: 46 men (adult), 45 women (adult)

What were the goals/objectives of this project? The objective was to inform villagers about disease transmission and prevention. The goal was to construct 40 latrines.

Were those goals/objectives met? We were able to build 56 latrines for 28 families.

What were the strengths of this project? The biggest asset to this project was the community worker. He took his job above and beyond the call of duty, reminding people frequently to attend the sessions and gather materials.

What were the challenges/weaknesses of this project? The biggest challenge of the project was the lack of initial community enthusiasm. People were quick to say yes they wanted a latrine, but then when it came to actually doing the work of gathering materials and digging the hole they were slow.

Do you consider this project completed? Yes


Item Number Cost
Reinforced Wire 60 @ 1,650 each = 99,000 50,000 funded by GAD
Total 50,000 CFA
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